New Assisi shrine is reminder to shed attachment to money, Pope says

VATICAN CITY – Like St. Francis of Assisi did, the Catholic Church and individual Christians must follow Christ by imitating his willingness to give up everything for the sake of others, Pope Francis said.

Proclaim value of life with solidarity, welcome, says Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY – Simple gestures of welcome and solidarity, when supported by faith in Jesus' resurrection, proclaim the value of life, Pope Francis said.

91-year-old Byzantine Catholic dedicates life to spreading Fatima message

CHICAGO – Natalie Martha Loya sits in the front pew of the Byzantine Catholic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Parma, Ohio, every Sunday morning.

Risen Christ calls all to follow him on path to life, Pope says

VATICAN CITY – Jesus is the risen shepherd who takes upon his shoulders "our brothers and sisters crushed by evil in all its varied forms," Pope Francis said before giving his solemn Easter blessing.

Fatima seers are holy because of virtue, not visions, says Portuguese cardinal

VATICAN CITY – As extraordinary as the apparitions at Fatima, Portugal, nearly 100 years ago were, the sanctity of the shepherd children did not hinge on their having seen Mary, a cardinal said.

An empty tomb and a bodily resurrection: why it matters

WASHINGTON – Catholics and other Christians have grown up believing in the Resurrection, but the Apostles themselves were among the first who were skeptical that Jesus arose from the dead.

Prayer cells still a vital part of World Apostolate of Fatima

WASHINGTON – Millions of baby-boomer Catholics grew up hearing the phrase "Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima" in their churches and Catholic schools.

Bishop Crosby: ‘Easter offers a reality that is full of joy’

The following is the Easter message released by Bishop Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Good Friday papal preacher: Victory belongs to one who triumphs over self, not others

VATICAN CITY – Jesus came to the world not just to teach, but to radically change human hearts that have hardened from sin, the preacher of the papal household said during a service commemorating Christ's death on the cross.

Roman Missal calls Easter Vigil 'mother of all vigils' for a reason

WASHINGTON – The Catholic Church pulls out all the stops for the Easter Vigil, the Mass celebrated on Holy Saturday.

A new birth and living hope is offered to all

Second Sunday of Easter, April 23 (Year A) Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 118; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

God’s power was revealed in the early Christian communities in dramatic ways. Why then and not now? How did they make it happen?